One of mainly music and mainly play’s five core values is celebration. Celebration is dwelling on the enjoyable things in life – noticing the extraordinary in the ordinary. Looking out at the world, it’s easy to get dragged down with all the negativity that is thrown at us – so it does take some effort to stop and celebrate!
So it is worth it? What is the point of celebration? Well it turns out that celebrating is actually good for us in a number of ways.
Firstly, celebration allows us to focus on the important things of life – it gives us much needed perspective. Celebrating one another and special events recalibrates us to not lose sight of the important things in life!
Celebrating also gives us a sense of belonging! Gathering together to celebrate a shared joy bonds us as a group. To belong is a core need we have as people – and we can do it through coming together in celebration.
Finally – celebration is actually good for your health. Scientists concur that celebrating makes you feel better. It helps your body produce oxytocins and endorphins – natural chemicals which reduce stress, boost your immune system, allow you to achieve more and even live longer!
Which is all why at mainly music and mainly play we choose to celebrate! Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, Easter, babies, children moving on to early childhood education or school, Chinese New Year, Matariki in New Zealand, Naidoc in Australia – there are so many reasons (or excuses!) to stop and celebrate!
Celebration doesn’t need to involve an all-out party either. Just to stop and recognise is significant. Simple acts of kindness which are acts of love from the heart often have greater impact than bells and frills.
So let us always find the reason and the room to put celebrations into our lives! It’s good for us!
From the Bible: “... I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10